New World Order
Contemporary Installation Art and Photography from China
Text by by Carol Lu, Sue-an van der Zijpp.
In the West, the evolution from Modern to Contemporary art has been in motion for a century; a similar evolution in China, from state-sponsored Realism to the creation of a myriad of forms and movements, began just 25 years ago with the dissolution of The Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s. The eyes of the international art world are now trained on this transformation, which is discussed here in depth by critic and writer Carol Lu, and in interviews with the artists who are making it happen, including Yin Xiuzhen, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Xin Danwen, Mu Chen and Shao Yinong, Zhang Wang, Weng Feng, Li Song Song, Shi Jingsong, Chi Peng, Zhang Hui, Liu Wei, Miao Xiaochung, Shi Guorui, Jin Jiangbo, Liu Jianhua, Leung Mee Ping, Bai Yiluo and Wang Gonxin. This richly illustrated volume surveys recent trends in contemporary Chinese art with a focus on installation art and staged photography. All of the works presented here were made after 2000, and many of them were in fact commissioned by Holland's Groninger Museum for its part in the multi-tiered exploration of Chinese culture being mounted in the Netherlands in 2008.